Monday, September 21, 2015

Staying Balanced with BOSU & Marathon Training Monday {week 5}

Happy Monday!

Week 1 of the #BOSUstrong Challenge is over. Did you participate?? I had a lot of fun and am excited to jump into Week 2! It's not too late to join. Each week BOSU and Fit Approach will be giving away a BOSU ball {and some other fun prizes} to active participants. You have four chances to win. Not too shabby.

I hope you'll join me for this next week! Not sure how to use a BOSU? Check out this post on using BOSU to build a strong upper body.  


#mountainclimbmonday

#tempotuesday

#triceptuesday


Let's Kick This Week Off Right with a #sweatpink Mad Lib

If you forgot to join me last week for the #BOSUstrong challenge or just weren't up for the cardio, make sure you join me this week as it's all about balance! We're standing on one leg, lunging, and squatting our way through the week.

But balance means more than just being able to stand on one leg-- it also means being able to do what you love while making healthy choices at the same time. It means putting in the work and still finding time for your passions. Or eating the chocolate cake but balancing it out with some yummy vegetables.

Here are 6 ways I stay balanced-- what are yours?
  • I make time for myself by reading a good book.
  • My favorite "me time" is a quiet place outside {or a pedicure!}.
  • My rule when it comes to a balanced diet is 80/20.
  • I make fitness a priority by waking up early {hello 4:30am}.
  • When I get stressed or overwhelmed, my go to is a nice long run.
  • I do meal prep and gym bag prep to help my family stay balanced.
So I want to know-- are you #BOSUstrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own. Then tag me and share with your friends! Let's all be #BOSUstrong.


"I am staying balanced w/ #BOSU for #BOSUstrong! #FitFamily #sweatpink @FitApproach @BosuFitness @amanda__maureen"

The daily challenge prompts are below. You can also follow along here.

9/21: Happy Monday sweaties, this week we're all about that balance. Let's see you stand on one leg-- ready, set, GO! BONUS: Ya'll know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your best jump shot.

9/22: We want to see you #dropitlikeasquat-- on your BOSU or perhaps one leg! BONUS: It's time for #treetuesday! Show us your best tree pose.

9/23: Let's lunge it out sweaties! BONUS: #workitwednesday, show us how you're workin' it this Wednesday.

9/24: It's #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body balance move! BONUS: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really challenged your balance (feel free to get creative!).

9/25: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your balance on! BONUS: Happy #forearmfriday-- let's forearm plank it out ya'll!


Make sure to tag @BOSU_Fitness {or @BosuFitness on Twitter} @FitApproach @amanda__maureen and #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #sweatpink #ad


Notes: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down {images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge}.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach {Sweat Pink} community.


Half way through Marine Corps Marathon {MCM} training!! I'm anxious and excited all at once. MCM is my 4th marathon. Every time I train for one, I learn more about myself, about running, about dedication and grit.

It's exhausting and exhilarating. Sometimes painful. I want to nap all day after a long run. And eat all the food. I want to laugh and cry. Marathon training is the ultimate roller coaster of emotions. These longs run have been tough on me this time around {I really don't remember Philadelphia Marathon training being quite this challenging}.

A few times I have given serious consideration to quitting. I have flip-flopped multiple times. Even again during this long run I thought about quitting. But I am not a quitter. Life is hard. We don't get to just quit.

I am running the coveted Marine Corps Marathon. A bucket list race for many. A race that has gone to lottery because of how quickly it sold out in the past. Seriously, how cool is that?

Will it be difficult? Yes. 
Will it hurt? Maybe.
Will I come out the other side a better, stronger, more resilient person? You bet!

And really, who can ask for more than that? I will run The People's Marathon on October 25th. And I will be thankful to all the Marines who serve our country and be grateful for the strong body I have that can carry me though this feat.

That was a slightly long, hopefully inspirational to some, rant :) You're probably wondering "When is she going to get to the details of Marathon Training Week 5??" Without further delay, I give you-- the details!


The Details


  • Monday: 3 morning miles. The temperature was perfect. Average pace 9:03 min/mile.
  • Tuesday: Led Boot Camp! Second time :) had a few more people show up. We used some fun equipment, like the BOSU and Stability Ball.
  • Wednesday: Speed Day-- 14x1:00 minute repeats at 9.0 mph with 1:00 minute rest in between. I tried to bump the speed up to 9.1 mph, but was unable to hold it for very long. These were tough, and I was feeling it on the last 4 repeats.
  • Thursday: 3 morning miles. I thought I started my watch-- turns out I didn't. No idea how long this took, but it was probably around 27 minutes.
  • Friday: I was in my BFF's wedding. I had maybe 3 hours of sleep before I had to drive an hour to the venue at 5:30 am for a day of pre-wedding girl prep. Needless to say, no workout. 
  • Saturday: We drove 3 hours after the wedding back to Maryland. I was exhausted all day. We did walk 3 miles round trip with Sarge to the grocery store to pick up a few items though. I guess this counts for something.
  • Sunday: The long run. Let's just say I haven't exactly been knocking it out of the park with these long runs. Scheduled to run 22 miles. Ended up running 12.4 miles, crying a bit about how I'm not having any fun and just don't want to run 22 miles anymore, and then ended up going for a 30 mile bike ride instead. I count my bike miles as "equivalent miles" based on calorie burn, so technically my total mileage was 23.65 miles. Is this the typical way to train for a marathon? Absolutely not. But I gotta do what works for me with where I am at right now. I will do this marathon. It might not be pretty {and I've already adjusted my goal for race day} but it will get done. And I will do my best to have fun doing it! Who cares about PRs :)

Going into Week 6 I have plans to change how I approach the long run. I think I will do a mix of road, treadmill and elliptical. I did a lot of long runs that way when prepping for Myrtle Beach and still I ended up having a pretty good race. You gotta do what you gotta do.


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Your turn! Are you participating in #BOSUstrong? How do you stay balanced in life and fitness? Are you training for a race? What was your favorite moment of your previous training week?
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♥AK


This post is linked up with Jill for #thefitdish and MCM Mama Runs for #TOTR. Make sure to stop by and check 'em out!